Next Regular Meeting

Mon July 17 @ 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
620 S. Grandview Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Club Repeater Listings

K4BO145.3300-127.3WBFM
K4BV147.1500-127.3WBFM

Local Repeater Listings

KI4RF146.6550-103.5WBFM
WD8JTJ146.8350-103.5WBFM
W2DU146.8650-NoneWBFM
KV4EOC147.2400-123.0WBFM
WV4ARS147.3150-NoneWBFM
NY4Z442.1250-94.8DMR
KC4HFL443.2125-NoneDMR
KE4NZG443.8250-114.8WBFM
KI4RF444.1750-156.7WBFM
W4RPT444.2000-103.5WBFM
NP4ND444.2500-103.5WBFM
W4TAM444.8500-127.3WBFM

Wednesday - Portable Ops - Reed Canal Park

I have been consumed with treating my old war wound so have been remiss in sending out the Notice for this week. Next up is bucolic Reed Canal Park (entering from Nova Road.) This, on Wednesday June 7 in the early AM. Of course we will then reassemble for copious libations and refreshments. See you there Wednesday Bob W2EJG
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Field Day off to a slow start in North Florida..
Answers to the top 10 questions at Field Day, with questions omitted (and with 5 bonus answers):
13 Colonies Special Event Returns July 1-7, 2017
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Happy Field Day!
NORTH AMERICAN AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY EVENT IN STORM LAKE SATURDAY

Field Day off to a slow start in North Florida..

Posted on Saturday June 24, 2017, 6:28 pm by AJ4MQ

Seems like everyone is having troubles being heard.. we can certainly hear all the stations, but reaching them has been an issue for the first few hours at all 3 Volusia County locations.

Update: As of 9pm, we had 52 CW contacts, and 12 Phone.., 27 states and 2 territories, including California, Maine, Montana, Utah, Texas and others.

Central Florida Field Day Locations - Within Driving Distance

Posted on Saturday June 24, 2017, 9:10 am by AJ4MQ

Happy Field Day!

Posted on Saturday June 24, 2017, 7:59 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

Today is the start of Field Day. I want to wish everyone good luck and please be safe.

- James Pastorfield

NORTH AMERICAN AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY EVENT IN STORM LAKE SATURDAY

Posted on Saturday June 24, 2017, 7:59 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

WMAR'S Field Day Site Credits Edward E Donnelly Jr
Author Deanna Wagner
24 June, 2017

There are now over 700,000 amateur radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world, the club noted.

Members of the Nashua Area Amateur Radio Club are getting ready for their annual weekend-long communications exercise, an event that includes radio drills, a picnic and campout as well as a competition among clubs nationwide and in Canada.

Using emergency power sources, ham operators will erect emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country.

Deer Mountain Fire will host an open house from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. July 1 at 6181 CR 28.

This year the Motor City Radio Club will be holding Field Day from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 25 at Centennial Farm, 25797 3rd Street, Grosse Ile. You don't have to be experienced or licensed, just interested.

"I'm looking forward to people coming and seeing what we do", he said on Thursday....
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Boston Amateur Radio Club and the Harvard Wireless Club have joined forces

Posted on Saturday June 24, 2017, 7:58 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

AMATEUR RADIO: Boston Amateur Radio Club and the Harvard Wireless Club have joined to participate in the annual Amateur Radio Relay League Field Day on Saturday, June 24th with a 2 p.m. start to the Sunday, June 25th end 2 p.m. at the Bare Cove Fire Museum off 19 Fort Hill Street in Hingham. On Saturday, after 3 p.m. the general public is welcome to view the process at the Fire Museum as licensed operators use their personal and club radios to make contacts.

Answers to the top 10 questions at Field Day, with questions omitted (and with 5 bonus answers):

Posted on Friday June 23, 2017, 1:40 pm by Tom Bilello

15. Snakes.

14. Yes, I still hear the interference.

13. Behind that tree over there.

12. Because he know his callsign and you don't have to tell it to him 3 times.

11. Hit Return.

10. Hot.

9. Try rebooting it.

8. It doesn't matter. It's not up high enough to have any directivity.

7. Just say QSL.

6. Rain.

5. Yes, this frequency is in use.

4. It's on the sign right above the rig.

3. I filled it up an hour ago.  It's good.

2. Yes, it's done in the middle

1- Hamburger.

 

This article was originally posted on Radio Artisan by a team of laptop equipped squirrels.

Anthony, K3NG is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com.

13 Colonies Special Event Returns July 1-7, 2017

Posted on Friday June 23, 2017, 1:15 pm by Tom Bilello

The ninth annual 13 Colonies Special Event will take place July 1-7, with activity starting at 1300 UTC on July 1 and continuing until 0400 on July 7 (the evening of July 6 in US time zones).

Participating stations try to contact all 13 Colony Stations plus two Bonus Stations — a clean sweep, a la ARRL November Sweepstakes. Stations in each of the original 13 colonies will be on the air using 1 × 2 special event call signs. The bonus stations will be WM3PEN in Philadelphia and GB13COL in Durham, England....
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N3FJP Field Day Software Quick Start Video

Posted on Friday June 23, 2017, 9:43 am by AJ4MQ

Hi All,

To get new Field Day folks up to speed on the N3FJP Field Day software prior to Field Day, or if you need a quick review yourself, this video will have everyone ready to go when they arrive to your Field Day site. Please share this with all who you think may attend!

I hope to work you from the NE3MD site this year! Enjoy Field Day!

73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...

Saturday July 1st, 2017 - Daytona Beach CERT ART Special Event Station

Posted on Wednesday June 21, 2017, 10:26 pm by Daytona Beach CERT ART

N4DAB is the Club Callsign of the Daytona Beach Community Emergency Response Team Amateur Radio Team.

DB CERT ART is an ARRL Affiliated Club

Members of the Daytona Beach C.E.R.T. A.R.T will be on the air from the Daytona Beach Emergency Operations Center during its activation for the Coke Zero 400 Race from 2:00 pm EDT( 1800 UTC) until approximately 9:00 pm EDT (0100 UCT). We are planning operations on Phone, Digital and CW.

Look for us on the bands - watch for announcements on the usual spotting nets. QSL information is via the QRZ.COM address.

WE HOPE TO WORK WITH YOU

Posted on Tuesday June 20, 2017, 6:47 pm by AJ4MQ

Microcontroller Programming at Field Day

Posted on Tuesday June 20, 2017, 6:43 pm by AJ4MQ

Just found out I am most likely not working next weekend, so I will attempt to hold a microcontroller programming class for anyone interested.

Required: Pen, Paper.
Optional: Laptop, Arduino (or compatible), jumper wires (prototyping and such), resistors, LEDs...

Lab/Lecture
Go through an HC11 program manually to see how it works and interfaces a radio.
Discussion of a bi-directional 3.3V to 5V interface and hopefully demonstration
Programming AVR Chips (ATTiny85, ATTiny328)

Lab/Practice
Programming "Hello World" Morse Code blinker
Interfacing LCD Display (4-wire and 8-wire mode)
MAX232 - RS232 signaling and limitations
MAX485 - Simulating a network, and sending messages over very long distances (compared to RS232)
LED Matrix Display (8x32 LED)
Alarm Control Panel Interface (and motion sensor if all goes well).

Hopefully something more.. if I have the room and time to get it all together....
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Amateur Radio 24-Hour Field Day Event

Posted on Monday June 19, 2017, 8:33 pm by Volusia ARES

2 p.m. at DeLand Elks Lodge 1463, 150 S. Clara Ave. Hosted by Volusia Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the West Volusia Amateur Radio Society. Amateur radio enthusiasts will practice communicating under simulated emergency conditions by assembling equipment; erecting temporary antennas; deploying

portable generators, solar panels and batteries; and attempting to make contact with as many other stations as possible. Free. Call Karl Martin at 386-756-9861 or email him at kg4hbn@gmail.com or call James Lea at 386-414-0788 or email him at james@wx4tv.com. Visit the website at www.volusiaares.org.

INTERNATIONAL ROBOBOAT COMPETITION

Posted on Sunday June 18, 2017, 1:31 pm by RoboNation

Reed Canal Park, South Daytona, Florida

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 to Sunday, June 25, 2017
WHERE:
919 Reed Canal Road
South Daytona, FL 32119
Student teams design autonomous, robotic boats to navigate and race through an aquatic obstacle course. The behaviors demonstrated by these boats mimic tasks that are being developed for coastal surveillance, port security and other types of oceanographic operations.
http://robonation.org/competition/roboboat

No Volusia ARES Meeting for June

Posted on Saturday June 17, 2017, 9:26 am by Volusia ARES

CORRECTED: Just a reminder there is no meeting this Saturday. The next ARES meeting will be July 15 at 1pm.

--
Karl Martin KG4HBN
Emergency Coordinator
Volusia Amateur Radio Emergency Service

GB1JSS June Summer Solstice

Posted on Friday June 16, 2017, 9:56 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

The longest day of the year (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) will soon be upon us which means the Essex Hams will be taking the opportunity to operate portable in celebration.
Now in its 4th year, the GB1JSS 'June Summer Solstice' will be activating Galleywood Common near Chelmsford on the following dates:
* Sunday 18th from 10am
* Wednesday 21st from 6am (the longest day)
* Saturday 24th from 10am
The event usually runs 40m SSB and 2m FM as "main" stations with other bands/modes as operators+conditions allow. All are welcome to attend and operate or just enjoy the social atmosphere. Those who wish to bring their own kit are encouraged to do so.
More details (and directions) can be found on M0PZT's website: http://www.m0pzt.com/gb1jss-june-summer-solstice/
(SOUTHGATE)

CAS-4A and CAS-4B satellites from CAMSAT launched

Posted on Friday June 16, 2017, 9:56 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

Two of CAMSAT’s amateur radio payloads piggybacked on the optical remote sensing micro-satellites OVS-1A and OVS-1B were launched at 0300 GMT on June 15, 2017 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, on the CZ-4B launch vehicle
The primary payload of this launch is a hard X-ray modulation telescope satellite (HXMT).
Satellite CAS-4A/OVS-1A:
● Architecture: Micro-satellite
● Dimensions: 494Lx499Wx630H mm
● Mass: 55 kg
● Stabilization: three-axis stabilization system with its +Y surface facing the earth
● Primary Payload: optical Camera with 1.98m resolution
CAS-4A Orbit:
● Orbit type : Sun synchronization orbit
● Apogee: 524 km
● Inclination: 43°
● Period: 95.1 minutes
CAS-4A Amateur Radio Payload:
● Call sign: BJ1SK
● VHF Antenna: one 1/4λ monopole antenna with max. 0 dBi gain located at +Z side
● UHF Antenna: one 1/4λ monopole antenna with max. 0 dBi gain located at -Z side
● CW Telemetry Beacon: 145.855 MHz 17 dBm
● AX.25 4.8k Baud GMSK Telemetry: 145.835 MHz 20 dBm
● U/V Linear Transponder Downlink: 145.870 MHz 20 dBm, 20 kHz bandwidth, Inverted
● U/V Linear Transponder Uplink: 435.220 MHz
Satellite Name: CAS-4B/OVS-1B
● Architecture: Micro-satellite
● Dimensions: 494Lx499Wx630H mm
● Mass: 55 kg
● Stabilization: three-axis stabilization system with its +Y surface facing the earth
● Primary Payload: optical Camera with 1.98m resolution
CAS-4B Orbit:
● Orbit type : Sun synchronization orbit
● Apogee: 524 km
● Inclination: 43°
● Period: 95.1 minutes
CAS-4B Amateur Radio Payload:
● Call sign: BJ1SL
● VHF Antenna: one 1/4λ monopole antenna with max. 0 dBi gain located at +Z side
● UHF Antenna: one 1/4λ monopole antenna with max. 0 dBi gain located at -Z side
● CW Telemetry Beacon: 145.910 MHz 17 dBm
● AX.25 4.8k Baud GMSK Telemetry: 145.890 MHz 20 dBm
● U/V Linear Transponder Downlink: 145.925 MHz 20 dBm, 20 kHz bandwidth, Inverted
● U/V Linear Transponder Uplink: 435.280 MHz
73!
Alan Kung, BA1DU
CAMSAT Press Release
https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/…/camsat-cas-4a-and-cas…
AMSAT-UK
(SOUTHGATE)

Hamvention Reports Second-Largest Attendance Ever for 2017 Show

Posted on Friday June 16, 2017, 9:55 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

The tally is in, and Hamvention® 2017, at its new venue in Xenia, Ohio, attracted 29,296 attendees, official spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI, told ARRL. That is the second-largest reported attendance in the history of the event. Hamvention attendance peaked in 1993 at 33,669, before the 1996 change in date from April to May while it was still being held at Hara Arena. Attendance in 2016 for the show’s final year at Hara was 25,364. Hamvention relocated to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center this year, after Hara Arena announced last summer that it was closing.
“The Hamvention is important to so many aspects of Amateur Radio,” Kalter said. “It is really up to all of us to keep this rendezvous of radio magic alive and vibrant.”
Plans already are being made for Hamvention 2018. General Chair Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, and Assistant General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, — along with the committee leadership team, government officials and the Fair/Expo board — “have been hard at work to refine and correct the lessons learned from Hamvention 2017,” Kalter said “We are all grateful to the 657 volunteers who worked many long hours to pull this event off.”
Held May 19-21, Hamvention 2017 received largely positive reviews, despite traffic problems on opening day and heavy rain during the weekend.
Kalter expressed appreciation to everyone who turned out for Hamvention’s inaugural show in Xenia. “We were all on edge, to see if it could really happen in a successful manner,” he recounted. “Our team was positive, yet we were tense. We all made it happen! The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), the vendors, the attendees, local government, and the Fair/Expo board! Hamvention 2018 will bear exciting changes!”
(ARRL)

Radio Amateur Hears Cassini Spacecraft

Posted on Tuesday June 13, 2017, 8:21 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

According to a recent post on the Pacific Northwest VHF Society (PNWVHFS) reflector, Paul Marsh, M0EYT, has confirmed reception of the Cassini spacecraft, now in orbit around Saturn. He used a 1.8-meter dish with extender panels. Launched in 1997, Cassini will crash into Saturn in September. It was launched nearly 20 years ago.
The research spacecraft, which carried the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe now on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, currently is executing about 2 dozen dives through Saturn’s rings. The Huygens probe separated from the orbiter in 2004 and transmitted data to Earth using the orbiter as a relay. This was the first successful landing in the outer solar system.
According to his QRZ.com profile, Marsh is heavily involved with satellite tracking and monitoring activities. He has described his Amateur Radio activities as having “been reduced to the odd VHF/microwave QSO.”
http://www.pnwvhfs.org/
(ARRL)

Amateur Radio Volunteers Needed for Air Force Marathon

Posted on Tuesday June 13, 2017, 8:20 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

Amateur Radio Volunteers are needed for the United States Air Force Marathon on September 16 in the Fairborn-Dayton, Ohio, area. Operators are needed to handle a variety of positions along the marathon route. The minimum age for volunteers is 13. Register at the GetMeRegistered website. Visit the marathon website, e-mail usaf.marathon@us.af.mil , or call (937) 257-8335 for more information. — Thanks to Rodger Zink, KD8TGH
https://volunteer.getmeregistered.com/events/register.php…
(ARRL)

Hambone College - Microcontrollers 101 - Restart coming soon.

Posted on Monday June 12, 2017, 2:42 pm by AJ4MQ

After a bit of cleaning, and a lot of working and a schedule that didn't stop for summer (and very long hot weekends working my tail off), I am looking forward to a restart of the class.. but I have to shoot for a weekday for it to work.. Wednesday nights might work best for me, but I may be able to arrange Tuesday or Thursday without major issues.. Depending on when people work, I could even arrange for a daytime class if needed..

After a test of the new theory of the class, and time to put other ideas together.. I am ready to proceed with the new format. The Student must have a laptop with WiFi, Arduino (w/USB), breadboard, connecting wires (more than 10), VOM (Volt Ohm Meter) and power supply (wall wart, 9V or something portable). Likely to need a soldering iron and basic desoldering equipment (or ask another to do it, but watch and learn..)...
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Radio amateurs heed call for assistance as South African fires rage

Posted on Monday June 12, 2017, 7:37 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

An intense winter storm and severe drought experienced in the Western Cape resulted in devastating fires ravaging parts of the Southern Cape Area with Knysna being the worst effected.
As of the 7 June 2017 till today fires are still burning in this part of the world. The call for assistance for radio amateurs to assist came on the 8 June 2017 when cellphone, Internet and landline telephones went down in many areas.
The following radio amateurs responded and reported to the AREDN: Mossel Bay Mesh Network: ZS2I, ZS1Q, ZS1ZS, ZS1HB, ZR1AOC and ZS1I. An AREN and amateur radio JOC was established on the mesh network. Messages were relayed on HF, VHF/UHF and the AREDN: Mossel Bay Mesh Network Group. The above radio amateurs worked around the clock to assist their respected local communities.
Disaster Communications links remained active until normal communications were restored. The AREN and JOC was relinquished on the 11 June 2017 but we still remain on high alert. !
The disaster aftermath continues with 7 deaths, 439 houses destroyed and thousands of displaced survivors. Disaster Relief continue unabated. Amateur Radio once again showed that when all else fails amateur radio will not fail.
J. Terblanche ZS1I
AREDN: Mossel Bay Mesh Network
(SOUTHGATE)

Amateur radio - a 21st Century hobby

Posted on Sunday June 11, 2017, 6:49 pm by TheRSGB

Preliminary Field Days Plans and Preparation

Posted on Sunday June 11, 2017, 3:47 pm by AJ4MQ

Plans for Field day will be finalized at the Monday, June 19 meeting (7:30PM -9:00PM). There will be presentation on Field Day Operations, Use of the Logging software, and open discussions.

The wireless network that we will use during Field Day and the logging software will be operational at the meeting for installation and checkout. So bring the laptops that you plan to use during field day so you can check this out ahead of time. Both 2.4GHz and 5GHz will be supported. Note that this is intended to facilitate smoother operations on the morning of Field day. But don't worry if you can't make the meeting, installation and checkout will be still be supported at the site.

Current Plans (subject to change) are summarized below:

1. We will begin set up 10:00AM local on Saturday 24 June. We will begin contest operations promptly at 2:00PM and continue for the maximum 24 Hours until 2:00PM on Sunday. It's always possible that we run out of energy and decide to end a bit early. But the intent is go the full duration....
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The ARRL June VHF Contest is Almost Here!

Posted on Thursday June 8, 2017, 9:49 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

One of the premier VHF/UHF events on the contest calendar — the ARRL June VHF Contest — gets under way at 1800 UTC on Saturday, June 10, and continues until 0259 UTC on Monday, June 12. Whether you are new to VHF or new to contesting altogether, the ARRL June VHF Contest offers all licensees a chance to explore what they can do on VHF and UHF — the bands above 50 MHz.
The object for participants in the US and Canada (and possessions) is to work stations in as many different 2° × 1° Maidenhead grid squares as possible, using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Stations outside the US and Canada (and their possessions) may only work stations in the US (and its possessions) and Canada. Stations in KH0-9, KL7, KP1-KP5, CY9, and CY0 count as W/VE stations and may be worked by DX stations for contest credit.
June is a favorable month for 6-meter band openings, and the contest occurs at the start of the summer sporadic E season, offering intense openings on 6 and even 2 meters. Propagation opportunities also can include tropospheric ducting, aurora, and moonbounce or meteor scatter. K1JT’s WSJT-X software suite now includes a new mode for scatter communications — MSK144. It mode offers 15-second sequencing and improvement in signal decoding for meteor scatter work, and many VHF operators are talking about using it on 6 and 2 meters during this event.
Newcomers to VHF contesting may want to try one of these categories:
Single-Operator, Portable: For those who enjoy operating low power from a portable power source and using portable antennas.
Rover: For mobile operators who enjoy traveling from one grid square to another to hand out contacts.
Single-Operator, FM-only: A category for the 50, 144, 222, and 440- MHz bands running 100 W or less.
Single-Operator, 3-Band: Restricted to 50, 144, and 432 MHz (power limits apply).
Pick a band or mode, and have fun in the June VHF Contest!
http://www.arrl.org/june-vhf
(ARRL)

JOTA news

Posted on Thursday June 8, 2017, 9:46 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

The weekend 21st to 22nd October will be the 60th year that guides and scouts will have participated in Jamboree On The Air, using the magic of amateur radio.
The WIA's Paul VK2GX says:
You must admit that amateur radio has seen many changes, most obvious being the overwhelming uptake in the use of digital modes, over traditional analogue modes, especially during contest.
Are you planning to setup a JOTA radio station this year, please give some consideration to utilizing digital modes to enhance the on air experience of our youth member’s.
EchoLink is great way to connect with other JOTA stations, either locally or in over 150 countries worldwide, either using a local repeater which supports an EchoLink or IRLP gateway or by setting up your own EchoLink gateway.
An EchoLink gateway is easy to setup and allows guides and scouts to use a conventional VHF or UHF transceiver to make contact with other JOTA stations virtually anywhere. All you need is a basic FM transceiver, a basic computer running Windows XP or later, a simple interface between the computer and transceiver, and a basic internet connection.
DStar is another network that can provide connections locally or worldwide, again either using a local DStar repeater or by setting up your own DStar gateway. Both an international and VK conference reflector is available.
The DMR MARC network is another great digital network to consider with many repeaters located around Australia. The VK MARC group has dedicated state based talk groups set aside for JOTA operations.
I would encourage everyone to make the 60th JOTA a year to remember for guides and scouts around Australia. If you would like more information about the digital modes I have mentioned or about becoming involved in JOTA, please visit my web site www.jota.sgars.org.
73 until next time from Paul VK2GX
WIA
(SOUTHGATE)

DAYTIME METEOR SHOWER

Posted on Tuesday June 6, 2017, 9:23 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

This week, Earth is passing through a stream of dusty debris from ... where? No one knows for sure. The encounter is causing a daytime meteor shower as meteoroids hit the top of Earth's atmosphere traveling 39 km/s (87,000 mph). A meteor radar in Canada is tracking strong activity in the constellation Aries not far from the sun. The display is mostly invisible to the human eye--but not entirely. It may be possible to see some of these strange meteors during a narrow window of darkness before sunrise, especially on June 7th when the shower is expected to peak. Check today's edition of Spaceweather.com for radar maps and observing tips.

ARISS contact planned for Boy Scouts from Buffalo, New York

Posted on Tuesday June 6, 2017, 9:21 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned for Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI with Boy Scouts from Buffalo, New York.
The event is scheduled Saturday June 10, 2017 at approximately 16.20 UTC, which is 18.20 CEST.
The telebridge radio contact will be operated by ON4ISS Downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM.
The ARISS contact will be conducted in English.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Bryan: What motivated you to pursue this career? Did you ever imagine being able to go to the ISS?
2. Carl: What is the hardest thing about living on the space station?
3. Isaiah: Is there the possibility of expanding the ISS for a more fuel efficient launch site for lunar or Martian missions?
4. Dylan: What do you miss from Earth that you don’t have in space?
5. Jared: What is the coolest weather pattern you've seen from the ISS?
6. Sean: Can you access the internet in Space? How are you connected?
7: Spencer: Recently, an experiment in growing potatoes was launched to the space station that was designed by students from the Buffalo area. Are you familiar with the experiment? How is that experiment proceeding?
8. Liam: What experiment has been the most fun for you and why?
9. Nathan: What was the most difficult challenge that you had to overcome to become a cosmonaut?
10. Anthony: Which area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) do you find most useful as a cosmonaut on the Space Station?
11. Bryan: What are your daily meals like? (Are the meals from other nations similar or different?) Do you get to trade meals with others?
12. Carl: What changes happened in your perspective of Earth when you went so far away?
13. Isaiah: Scott Kelly was onboard the ISS for 340 days, what is the next increment for time in space for Mars travel to be practical?
14. Dylan: Many of the experiments done on the ISS are for scientists around the world. Do crew members keep up with the research projects after the specific experiments are done?
15. Jared: In February the ISS twitter feed had a photo of a lone ship on the ocean. Have you ever felt like you were a like that lone ship as you work in on the ISS?
16. Sean: Which of the experiments you are doing during your ISS mission do you think will have an impact on my life?
17: Spencer: I read that astronauts average about 6 hours of sleep a night, with a goal or 8 hours. Why is it hard to sleep on the space station?
18. Liam: What pictures of the Earth have you taken, and what is your favorite?
19. Nathan: What would you say to young students about a career in science, technology, engineering, or math?
20. Anthony: Were you ever involved in Scouting?
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, JAXA, and CSA.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning.
73,
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS Europe
(SOUTHGATE)

Bouvet Island DXpedition News

Posted on Tuesday June 6, 2017, 9:20 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

Have you been keeping up on the 3Y0Z updates? Have you or your DX club/association donated to this very expensive DXpedition?
There were 10 Bouvet DXpedition team members who attended the Day-Xenia HamVention. View details and photos at:
http://www.bouvetdx.org/news-and-updates
More details, photos and updates can be found on the following URLs.
The main Bouvet Island DXpedition Web page is at: http://www.bouvetdx.org
The Bouvet Island DXpedition is also on FaceBook at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/639362206232014
You can also follow them on Twitter at:
https://twitter.com/Bouvet_3Y0Z
OPDX
(SOUTHGATE)

Assistance needed recovering UNSW-ECO0 and i-INSPIRE 2 Cubesats

Posted on Sunday June 4, 2017, 5:16 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Joon Wayn, part of the AU02 (UNSW-EC0) and AU03 (i-INSPIRE 2) Australian team of QB50 cubesats, requests assistance from experienced and well-equipped foreign HAM amateur experts.
Joon reports, our satellite was deployed last week and we have been unable to hear any beacons coming from it. We had several brainstorm sessions to identify possible configurations that could be changed to optimize the occurrence antenna redeployment sequence. Based on this, we devised a set of commands that reflect these changes in configurations that needs to be uplinked to the satellite.
We have attempted to uplink these commands at 50W transmit power, but there's no response so far.
We strongly believe the satellite is still alive but has an undeployed antenna. As such, we require sufficient transmit gain in both transmit power and antenna gain to achieve positive uplink margin. Our problem is that we do not have the equipment to achieve the required transmit power to overcome the losses due to an unstowed configuration.
We have a recorded *.wav file that you can play through radio in FM mode to perform the uplink.
Relevant technical info:
- The sat uses Nanocom ANT430 antenna that is still stowed.
The stowed antenna is exposed on the outside of the spacecraft.
- The sat uses Nanocom U482C transceiver.
- The OBC might be trickling between on and off states and hence a daytime or dusk zenith pass is optimal for the uplink. Our ground station:
- 21 el H and 21el V yagi configured in RHCP
- Kenwood TS-2000 in FM mode with 50W transmit power.
Hope you have a good weekend, and do not hesitate to contact me at cjwayn@unsw.edu.au if you would be willing to help. Your attention has been much appreciated.
Joon Wayn
ANS
(SOUTHGATE)

Florida Disaster preparedness sales tax holiday starts Friday!

Posted on Wednesday May 31, 2017, 1:17 pm by AJ4MQ

Hurricane season starts tomorrow (June 1), and qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 2, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 4. Make sure you stock up on your preparedness supplies!

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DAYTONA BEACH — With last October’s Hurricane Matthew still fresh in locals’ minds and a new hurricane season beginning Thursday, the state is urging Floridians to prepare by stocking up on supplies.

A Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday — the state’s first since 2014 — starts Friday and runs through Sunday.

During the holiday, purchasers will not have to pay a sales tax on items such as reusable ice packs, flashlights, candles, lanterns, tarps and portable generators.

But to receive that tax break, customers might need to request it when making purchases at some stores.

Some area merchants contacted by The News-Journal Thursday morning said they weren’t aware of the sales tax holiday.